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Take this Sailing "Total Darkness" ChallengeTake this Sailing "Total Darkness" Challenge
April 18, 2015 ~ What's one of the best ways to "see the sailing wind"? It's not telltales, a Windex atop the mast or flags and anchored boats. This easy test could help you sail with more speed and power in the toughest conditions. Try it and then you decide! . . . keep reading

Sail Trim Secrets - How to Control Mainsail BackwindingSail Trim Secrets - How to Control Mainsail Backwinding
April 16, 2015 ~ How can you trim your sails for maximum power when sailing to windward or when reaching? Learn how to sail like a pro with this two step secret that will provide peak performance under sail. Watch this sailing skills video to find out more! . . . keep reading

Sailing Navigation in the Real WorldSailing Navigation in the Real World
April 14, 2015 ~ Short-handed sailors have their hands full; trimming, lookout, navigation, sail reefing. What works in the classroom will often fall flat on its face on a small sailboat heeled over with a stiff breeze, a bit of spray and one hand on the tiller or wheel. Here are seven sea-tested techniques that will work anytime, anywhere . . . keep reading

Sailing Reality Check - For Mature Audiences OnlySailing Reality Check - For Mature Audiences Only
April 11, 2015 ~ Most of my sailing has been singlehanded aboard the boats I owned; small dinghies to cruising sailboats up to 27 feet long. In my mind, there are few challenges like it. But I've always faced the reality that in all regards--you are on your own. I believe those last five words say it all. Here's why... . . . keep reading

Download FREE Sailing Chart Catalogs!Download FREE Sailing Chart Catalogs!
April 9, 2015 ~ Take your sailing skills to the next level with these FREE sailing chart catalogs. Save time and effort when planning a day sail, coastal of offshore cruise. Get instant access to top navigation tools from one of the most trusted resources in the world. Watch this sailing skills video to find out more! . . . keep reading

Sail Trim Secrets to Avoid Unexpected JibesSail Trim Secrets to Avoid Unexpected Jibes
April 7, 2015 ~ What single sailing factor can lead to an unexpected "flying jibe", where the boom swings across the boat out of control? Follow this simple sailing tip to protect your sailing crew from injury and your sailboat boom and rigging from damage. Tap into this little-known secret from the pros for safer sailing! . . . keep reading

Dock Your Boat Like a Pro - Use a "Boarding Breast Line"Dock Your Boat Like a Pro - Use a "Boarding Breast Line"
April 2, 2015 ~ Your sailboat has been tied up to a dock with a strong off dock wind or current. That means boarding or provisioning will a chore. What sailing solution can you use right now to make this smoother and easier? Watch this sailing skills video to find out more! . . . keep reading

Sailor Beware! These Rocks Hide at High TideSailor Beware! These Rocks Hide at High Tide
March 31, 2015 ~ Learn to sail like a pro when surrounded by shoals that can puncture a hull, twist a rudder shaft like a pretzel, crack a keel, or rip a rudder apart. Discover the secret of green, inter-tidal chart symbols on your nautical chart or plotter that warn of these "ship killers". . . . keep reading

Sail Trim Secrets - "Reach to Reach" TackingSail Trim Secrets - "Reach to Reach" Tacking
March 28, 2015 ~ How can you tack your boat from a beam or broad reach fast and easy? Use this sailing tactic in confined waters to turn your boat around or to recover a person in the water. Follow these five steps along with the illustrations to master this "need to know" sailing seamanship skill. . . . keep reading

Dock Your Boat Like a Pro - Spring Line SecretsDock Your Boat Like a Pro - Spring Line Secrets
March 26, 2015 ~ What sailing secret sets master boat handlers apart? It's not backing into a slip. Nor will it be sliding alongside a pier smooth and easy. Know the three key elements of a spring line and train your sailing crew or partner on this vital "first step" to dock your boat. Watch this sailing video to learn more . . . keep reading

Three FREE Sailing Resources You'll Want to Own!Three FREE Sailing Resources You'll Want to Own!
March 24, 2015 ~ All sailors like free sailing resources, but it can be tough to find those that are super reliable and up-to-date. Read on to discover three of the best to help you plan a cruise, find a perfect anchorage, or locate new shoals in your sailing or cruising area. . . . keep reading

Try Transit Sailing to Make Steering EasierTry Transit Sailing to Make Steering Easier
March 19, 2015 ~ Sail through a pass, steer up or down a channel or navigate through an inlet and you'll want to steer an accurate course. How can you make this challenge easier, even in high winds, choppy seas or strong current? Watch this sailing skills video to discover one simple sailing solution you can use--wherever you sail or cruise! . . . keep reading

Five "First Steps" for Living Aboard a SailboatFive "First Steps" for Living Aboard a Sailboat
March 17, 2015 ~ If you dream of sailing or cruising, living aboard might be in the picture too. Indeed, many have followed through and moved aboard. But were they prepared for the transition? Before you make this major lifestyle adjustment, take this five step "reality check". . . . keep reading

Sailing After Dark - Cardinal Lights Made Easy!Sailing After Dark - Cardinal Lights Made Easy!
March 12, 2015 ~ Imagine sailing through a bay after dark with red, white and green flashing lights to port, starboard and ahead. How can you use the count of flashes to tell where dangers lie and which side will keep you in safety? Discover the easy way to understand the Cardinal light system for safer sailing on the waters of the world. . . . keep reading

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